UPCOMING NETWORK EVENTS:
Tell True Stories: Layers of History Along Freedom Drive – Audio Links
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Audio from the recent discussions on the history of Camp Greene—including presentations from historians Tom Hanchett, J. Michael Moore; community leaders Ricky Hall, Christian Friend, and Greg Jarrell; and best-selling author Peter Moskowitz—are now available on the Center City Church SoundCloud site. Head to the “Tell True Stories” links here
Rethinking Incarceration & Upward Mobility & the Arts: Audio Available
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Audio, resource links and other follow-up information on the recent discussions on incarceration, and upward mobility and the arts are now available on the Warehouse Talks web site. Click here for more information.
Weekly Wednesday Prayer *New Time Starting August 1*
DATE: Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine. Noon to 1 p.m. *New Start Time of 1 p.m. starting August 1*
LOCATION: Center City Church — upstairs and inside The Movement Center (2225 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Weekly, fervent, Kingdom-centered Prayer is the hallmark of our network. Our heart is to keep Jesus at the center of all that we do, as we pray for our city and our neighbors. Each week is facilitated by a different leader in our network. Anyone is welcome to join us. Stay for a few minutes or the entire hour. Or, pray with us wherever you may be.
HOSTS: Center City Church & Freedom Communities
Weekly Work-Day Volunteer Opportunities
LOCATIONS: Ashley Park PreK & Movement School
OPPORTUNITIES: Work-day volunteer opportunities exist as lunch buddies (please be prepared to commit at least two visits/month) and weekly Reading Mentors. School administrators match students based on need, and time availability. PreK-2nd grade volunteers must attend Active Reading training with Read Charlotte.
For additional questions for Movement School, please contact Bethany Cord, Volunteer Coordinator with the Movement Foundation: 803.272.4370 Ext. 21002; or Marc Dickmann with Freedom Communities for opportunities with Ashley Park PreK-8.
Volunteering with CMS
Are you a new volunteer? The first step is to make sure you have your background check complete. Click here to take this simple next step. Then, make sure to connect with the Reading Specialist on campus. For help finding a school and a student, email Marc Dickmann of Freedom Communities.
Reading Buddies and Active Listening A-B-C’s
Our friends from Read Charlotte help resource the city so that we can best serve our neighborhood students who need reading support. This 3-minute video (bottom of the page) is a helpful tool in preparing us for being a great Reading Mentor for a West Charlotte student.
West Network Facebook Group
If you want to follow us, and stay current on how you can engage in our movement, you can join our Facebook Group. Send a request to our administrator to join in!
“Why We Do What We Do: Part 3—Reconciling Relationships”
AUDIO DOWNLOAD: Pastor James Scott (The Exchange Church) recently challenged us with “Why We Pursue Reconciling Relationships”—one of the pillars of our movement. The MP3, recorded at Renovatus Church, is available for download here.
Experiential Learning: A Month in Poverty
What does it feel like to walk a mile in the shoes of a lower income West Charlotte neighbor? Click here to take an online poverty simulation—and why not invite your kids to do it with you? There is power in “seeking first to understand.” It’s more than a game—this is reality for many of our neighbors.
Aligning Our Efforts for West Charlotte
If your church, ministry, non-profit, or business is interested in partnering with The West Network to make a measurable impact on the next generation of West Charlotte, please email Marc Dickmann of Freedom Communities.